Intake For Alberta Opportunity Stream Temporarily Paused To Address Backlog

Intake For Alberta Opportunity Stream Temporarily Paused To Address Backlog
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The Alberta Advantage immigration Program (AAIP) has temporarily paused intake for Alberta Opportunity Stream applications.

The AAIP will continue to assess those Alberta Opportunity Stream applications that were submitted prior to the pause’s institution.

Those applications in the AAIP portal that were in the draft stage but not uploaded before the pause, including those pending final fee payment, will not be accepted.

According to the AAIP website, “this pause will enable the program to address its current inventory and focus its limited immigration nominations on priorities, such as filling labour shortages in healthcare, technology, construction, agriculture, tourism and hospitality and other in-demand sectors.”

“The AAIP will be implementing measures to manage future application volumes against program priorities and to maintain reasonable service standards across its streams.”

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The website will be updated when the pause is lifted, and the stream begins to retake applications.

The Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream

This update comes just two days after the announcement of a new stream under AAIP, called the Tourism and Hospitality Stream, which will commence on March 1, 2024, and will help Alberta’s tourism and hospitality sectors deal with labour gaps and challenges.

Applications will be finite and expedited.

The main reason for this new stream will be to enable Alberta businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry to attract and retain workers.

What is the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program?

AAIP is an economic immigration program that nominates people for an Alberta PR.

Applicants need to have the skills to fill job shortages or be planning to buy or start a business in Alberta.

They must also be able to provide for their families.

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The program has three streams for foreign workers living and working in Alberta, or plan to live and work there:

The AAIP has four streams for entrepreneurs planning to live in Alberta and buy or start a business there:

The Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream expired in 2018.

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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.